Exploring Municipal Broadband in Seattle with Chris Mitchell

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Photo by Glenn Ricar

The City of Seattle realizes there is a need for increased broadband throughout the city and Mayor Murray has outlined his path forward in the Broadband Initiative, including the potential for municipal broadband option.

LUNCH & LEARN:

Chris Mitchell on

Community-owned Networks — Exploring

the Realities of a Municipally-owned Seattle
Broadband Provider
Seattle City Hall / Wednesday, October 8th
Noon – 1 pm / Boards and Commissions

EVENING PUBLIC FORUM:
Seattle City Hall / Wednesday, October 8th
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm / Bertha Knight Landes Room

Mitchell will discuss the realistic feasibility of a municipally-owned broadband network that delivers high-speed internet access, such as

  • Case studies of successful and unsuccessful attempts to create a implementation of a publicly-owned broadband network
  •   Considerations in planning and implementation of publicly-owned networks
  •  Social benefits of a publicly-owned broadband network
  •  Audience questions
    As the City evaluates strategies to increase the availability of competitive, affordable and equitable broadband options, this
    session will help inform the decisions that will be made. Come to these educational events to gain valuable insight and
    information regarding the possible future of Seattle’s broadband infrastructure.

Christopher Mitchell is the Director of the Community Broadband Networks Initiative with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. Mitchell is a leading national expert on community networks and speaks at conferences across the United States on telecommunications policy.

RSVP and more information at: http://seattlemunicipalbroadband.bpt.me

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